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The Cold Filtered Ramblings of Gene Mueller

"Thriller" at 30

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Did anyone see it coming?

"Thriller" came out 30 years ago today--November 30, 1982--putting Michael Jackson at the center of the pop culture universe.   Along the way, he forever changed MTV, AM/FM radio, the music industry, and the way we consume tunes, both on the air and on the tube.

The world never heard songs like "Billie Jean" before.   It had never seen a video like "Thriller". 

Three decades later, Jackson's work is still being lauded, hailed, analyzed, dissected, and studied.  

The rest of the world?   They just keep listening. 


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